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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Beautiful surroundings

    Seamless service

    Stylish location

  • Kids will love

    Being spoiled rotten

    Their own welcome gift

    Great children's menus

  • Don’t expect

    Low-cost luxe

    Children's activities

    Last-minute tea tables


Wowing all comers with its impeccable deco decor and miracle-performing staff, Claridge's hotel in London is the capital's most glamorous family-friendly stay. This grande dame sure knows how to show parents a good time – few can hold a candle to it for creating extraordinary ambience – but this doesn't mean it can't do 'relaxed': the warm family welcome will work special magic for your children, too.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Claridge's with us:

A chilled bottle of champagne in your room on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Claridge's

'Summer Daze' 'Timeless weekend': breakfast and champagne


‘Bagfuls of toys and the same star treatment that's given to real-life princesses and kings will make your brood think they've been transported straight to Daddy Warbucks' mansion’

Smith & Family


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Claridge's hotel – London – United Kingdom

Need To Know


203, including 67 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $660.18 (£510), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast; à la carte items start from £8. Children Extra beds (£75 a night) and cribs (free for under-2s) can be added to most rooms.


All public areas are wheelchair accessible and some rooms are adapted for the differently abled.

At the hotel

Spa treatment rooms, fitness room with TechnoGym equipment, personal training, restaurants, bars, boutiques, concierge service, DVD library (£12 a day), free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, minibar, bottled water, organic Bamford toiletries, bathrobes and slippers (for children, too). DVD/CD players, iPod docking stations, laptops and games consoles provided on request. In-room spa and beauty treatments available. In suites, you'll also get champagne, fresh fruit and chocolates on arrival.

Our favourite rooms

There's no such thing as a bad room at Claridge's – they're the biggest in central London, which makes them very family-friendly. There are lots of interconnecting options, and clever suite layouts with entrance vestibules so you don't have to walk through one room to get to another. Cream of the crop are the beautifully appointed one-bedroom Mayfair Deluxe Suites, with deco-style interiors, pretty period details and a fantastic layout. Low-key but high luxe, with floor-to-ceiling picture windows and extra-deep baths, Deluxe King rooms are lovely and light.


Claridge's Health Club & Spa delivers top-to-toe Sisley treatments, massages and beautification. Book a babysitter and a two-hour 'Treat for Two' package, where you'll both get a massage, facial and a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne. In-room treatments are also a possibility.


Sweet touches for your mini Smiths include comics and magazines delivered with your paper; and bespoke welcome gifts to keep them occupied, such as colour-me-in passport covers, activity books and small toys. Baby Bamford toiletries are provided, too.

Book ahead

You'll need to make reservations well in advance for tea in the Foyer; and don't forget to book your babysitter at least 48 hours in advance.


Small pets (up to 15lb) stay free. Outside your room, Fido must be on a lead and won't be allowed in any dining areas (an exception is made for guide dogs).

Food and drink

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Claridge's hotel – London – United Kingdom


All-day dining is on offer in the Reading Room and the Foyer, with seasonal à la carte offerings spanning the gamut from club sandwiches to caviar.

Family fare

The Foyer and the Reading Room both welcome children at all times; chef Martyn Nail has devised a fantastic menu of child-friendly food, with both healthy snacks (fruit and yoghurt; grilled chicken skewers and salad) and fun options (fish and chips; banana splits). Highchairs and booster seats are available, and staff will happily heat milk or baby food for you. Colouring-in kit, stickers and other diversions are yours for the taking.

Hotel Bar

Reconceived by David Collins, adults-only Claridge's Bar is a polished, old-school affair with sparkling surfaces and red-leather upholstery; champagne cocktails are de rigueur. There's also a menu of bar snacks, including a daily-changing Bento Box. For a more intimate tipple, cosy up with a cognac in the 1930s-themed Fumoir (also a child-free zone): cocktails are served in Lalique crystal, no less.

Last orders

Claridge's barmen shake and stir until 1am. The Foyer: breakfast, 7am–10.30am (Sundays, 8am–11am); lunch, 12 noon–2pm; tea, 3pm–6pm. The Reading Room: 7am–10.30pm; restaurant: lunch, 12 noon–2.45pm; dinner, 5.45pm–11pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The Reading Room is probably your best bet for a relaxed family meal; but reward good behaviour with teatime treats in the Foyer beneath Dale Chihuly's sea-creature-like glass centrepiece.

  • Room service

    24 hours: a delicious selection of dishes will take you from breakfast (including Continental and Japanese options) to dinner (canapés, steaks, lobster and more) via afternoon tea and canapés. The kids menu even has breakfast options, too – smoothies, pancakes and French toast are our mini-favourites.


    Luxury picnics for family days out can be whipped up on demand; Claridge's staff can arrange almost anything (legal), given enough time.


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Claridge's hotel – London – United Kingdom

Parent approved

‘Bagfuls of toys and the same star treatment that's given to real-life princesses and kings will make your brood think they've been transported straight to Daddy Warbucks' mansion’

Smith & Family


Babysitters are available with 48 hours' notice: the initial cost is £32 (as the minimum booking is four hours) plus a booking fee of £13; it's £8 an hour after that (£10 on bank holidays). Guests are also expected to give £15 travel expenses, plus offer a drink and a snack if the sitter stays more than five hours. If you cancel without giving 24 hours' notice, you'll be charged a cancellation fee (£60).


Claridge's can provide audio baby monitors for guests' use, but these won't work beyond your rooms.

Other Services

With enough notice, the hotel can pack family picnics or book tickets for family attractions.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Sterilisers • Bottle warmers • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Socket covers • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Nappy bin • Baby bath • Baby Bamford toiletries • Soft toys • CBeebies

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Bathrobes and slippers • Changing mat • Socket covers • Toddler-proof toys • Board games • Crayons/colouring pencils • Rocking horse • Age-appropriate activity pack • U-rated DVDs • CBeebies

For older children

• Bathrobes and slippers • Age-appropriate gift pack • DVD library with PG- and 12-rated films • Board games • Colouring pencils • Game boy • Games consoles


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Things to do

Aside from lolling around in the lap of luxury, and tasting your way through Claridge's various dining destinations, there's a pampering spa, fitness suite and plenty of shops to keep Mr & Mrs Smith busy. Beyond the hotel's threshold, London's best bits beckon, including plenty of child-friendly things to see and do.

Hotel activities

Go on a rocking-horse hunt with your pre-schooler: there's a handsome wooden zebra-striped steed hiding in one of the lift lobbies. The Claridge's Kids Kit also includes a passport with a list of 'hotel experiences' to tick off. Grown-ups can get their fitness fix in the gym: there's loads of TechnoGym cardiovascular machinery, as well as resistance kit, weights and kettle bells. If you need someone to shout at you, a personal trainer is available from £45 an hour.

Sunny days

Luxury picnics for family days out can be whipped up on demand; take one on a mini museum tour or plot up in Hyde Park before you hit the Diana Memorial playground.

Rainy days

If you can't face leaving the hotel, browse the extensive DVD library, snuggle up en famille and order some room-service snacks. Labyrinthine corridors contain some of London's most exclusive boutiques, including florists McQueens, auctioneer Phillips de Pury, the first-ever Paul Smith Women boutique and a private-jet shop (we are not kidding). If you do leave the hotel, there are sweet pint-sized Claridge's brollies for the kids.

And there's more…

For top-spending guests, staff can arrange almost anything (legal), given enough time: speedboat down the Thames? Yes ma'am. Last-minute theatre tickets? Not a problem, sir. Gold-coated chocolates? But of course, master Smith.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

The London Transport Museum is a family-friendly life-saver for rainy days, especially for difficult-to-please under-5s: as well as full-size exhibits, there are lots of models of different vehicles to clamber aboard, including double-decker buses.

Don't miss…

…having a browse in the Illustration Cupboard on nearby Bury Street (+44 (0)20 7976 1727), for original artworks and signed books by some of the world's best-loved children's illustrators, including Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) and David McKee (Mr Benn).

You couldn't be better located for exploring some of London's most family-friendly attractions. There's the timeless draw of Hamleys, or you could stroll a few minutes west or south for running and playing in Hyde Park or Green Park respectively. To your east, there are the street performers, toy shops and child-friendly cafés in Covent Garden and its covered market. A short bus or Tube hop will take you to the Natural History Museum. For Mrs Smiths in need of some retail therapy, shopping demands are more than met: a hop from Claridge's are the jewellers and antiques dealers of Bond Street, South Molton Street's boutiques (including stylish French children's clothes at Catimini) and all the high street stores on Oxford Street.

If the weather's fine, the Diana Memorial Playground in the northwest corner of Kensington Gardens is a brilliant, free adventure play area for under 12s with a wooden pirate ship, teepees and more. Young 'uns could easily kill a couple of hours here burning off steam; it's probably best suited to pre-schoolers and young primary schoolchildren, who'll love the fantasy-feel sandy and splashy play areas. There's a café at the playground with children's menus and baby-changing facilities (+44 (0)20 7298 2141).

Fancy a night out? We adore the Modern Asian food at Hakkasan: the original outpost was the sexiest Chinese restaurant ever designed, and it was the first ever to be awarded a Michelin star. The Mayfair Hakkasan on Bruton Street (+44 (0)20 7907 1888) lives up to its sister's 'date night' reputation, with dark moody banquettes, seductive low lighting and delicate dishes to die for.


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Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Middle of Mayfair

Getting There

On quietly smart Brook Street, behind London's famous shopping avenues Bond Street and Oxford Street, Claridge's hotel in Mayfair has an excellent central location for exploring London.


London Heathrow ( is the most convenient international airport, a 16-mile drive (about 45 minutes) away from the hotel; a black cab will cost from about £55.


London Paddington rail station is only a mile away (under 10 minutes by car). From here, the Heathrow Express can whisk you to the airport in 15 minutes (; overground rail networks criss-cross the country (ring 0845 748 4950 for National Rail Enquiries); and there's a Tube station hosting the Bakerloo (brown), Hammersmith & City (pink), District (green) and Circle (yellow) lines. The Eurostar International terminal at King's Cross St Pancras is also within easy reach (


Having a car in central London won't do you any favours, but if you've come from afar, parking is available nearby and costs £50 for 24 hours. There's also a valet parking service.

Parent travel tip

If you're not arriving by car and your kids are big enough to walk under their own steam, Bond Street tube station is only two minutes' walk from Claridge's. And most children love a ride in London's trademark black cabs and double-decker buses.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Claridge's – has been selected and approved by parents.

This Mayfair lady may be the art deco grande dame beloved of fashion editors, film stars and fine-living lovers the world over, but Claridge's is a magical stay for families, too. Show your children what 'making an entrance' really means: those top-hatted doormen, the instant impression of palatial luxury and a music- and chatter-filled foyer are exciting enough to put a sparkle in even the most jaded young eyes. Add a bagful of toys and the same star treatment that's given to real-life princesses and kings and your brood will think they've been transported straight to Daddy Warbucks' mansion.

Take them to tea in the foyer beneath Dale Chihuly's ethereal cascade of hand-blown glass; explore London's wonder-packed museums and wonderful parks; or simply retire to your perfectly appointed quarters, admire the 1920s decor and dream up a crazy whim – then marvel at its execution by near-psychic staff. Just don't be surprised if your little divas suddenly develop a much more demanding pre-school rider…

Smith & Family

A trip to Claridge’s is a safari into the realm of the British Empire. It’s like sitting at the bar where James Bond is ordering a martini, or eating scones with Miss Marple. Minimalism is just about the only thing the hotel cannot arrange for you, though I’m pretty sure they’d try. The high ceilings and grand luxe vibe are catnip to kids, too – ours rampaged around the reception area between the feet of staff, who gracefully moved around the traffic.

For little ’uns it’s a fairy castle. It’s not a ‘kids’ hotel’ so there are uncompromising surfaces like marble and glass, and if you’re the type to fret about that you’re going to have a nervous time of it. On the other hand, short of coating the entire world in sponge, this is as friendly as things get: service is polished, gloriously polite, helpful and integrated – the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing, and arranges its own movements accordingly. There’s no rumpus room or kids club, but the whole place is a dreamworld, and the children’s concierge knows what’s not to be missed in London while you’re there. Room service is 24 hours, too, which can be a lifesaver.

Anonymously reviewed by Nick Harkaway, hi-tech author

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Claridge's in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The room, the service, the food - everything!

Rating: 10/10 stars